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Thursday, 4 June 1970

Mr SNEDDEN - The Deputy Leader of the Opposition has disclosed by his question that he has been reading the public news media and that he believes the speculation he has seen there. The facts are these: 1 did. as I have said in this House, review the operation of the national service scheme and I then made recommendations to Cabinet. Within that paper 1 discussed the possibilities of a civilian alternative. Cabinet considered my paper and after that consideration 1 made a statement which was very short indeed. I said that Cabinet had considered the matter, that I would be explaining it to my colleagues in I he Party i┬źnd thai after that I hoped to make a statement. The day before yesterday I had discussions with certain of the Parly committees. Yesterday there was discussion in the joint Party meeting and. there not being loo much time in the morning, there was a Party meeting last night The discussion was approached by all people in the Party in a most constructive way.

Mr Uren - Did you say constructive or destructive?

Mr SNEDDEN - I repeat that thc discussion in the Party room was most constructive. There are still members of the Party who have views to express and. in consequence, the discussion will he resumed at the next Party meeting. After that discussion I will be able to consider what the next step should be.

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